I have a tom tom one v1 and I plug it into the car using the cigarette lighter power cord which the tom tom came with. The problem is that it will work fine for 2 or 3 mins, sometimes even longer and then it will just suddenly go off. I look at the top and the green light is also off. I fiddle with the connector which plugs into the bottom of the tomtom (push it in further most the time, but sometimes push from right to left, back to front etc. The green light then comes back on and I can turn tomtom back on and continue until a further 2 or 3 mins. Its obvious that the battery doesn’t hold a charge, but why is it not getting a consistent charge, is it the power cable or the connector on the tomtom? Not sure if its related but connecting the tomtom to a computer via usb does not work either. any advise would be good.
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Re: tom tom one v1 Loose power connector
If the problem exists both when you use the vehicle power connector and the usb cable to your computer, then you have to assume that the problem is with the socket on the One. If it's still in warranty, I would send it back to Tom Tom for repair. Contact customer support for repair information.
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No, then tom tom cannot recharge when the car is not on. You need to turn on the car before your tom tom can charge. The battery gets to charge the tom tom when in use. Once the car is turned off the gps will not charge. You can try out a practical by turning off your car and plugging the gps to see if it will work. Or the cigarette lighter, does it work when the car is turned off. Since the cigarette lighter does not turn on when the car is off, then it means it gps cannot charge once the car is turned off.
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Buy a adapter for your cigarette lighter socket that has multiple sockets with one that will fit the Garmin adapter. I've never heard of a problem you are having?? Are you using a Garmin plug? If not get one.
I've wired my tom tom for use on a motor bike. you CANT run 12v straight into the tomtom, you can see on the cig lighter plug it has a 5v output. So I bought cheap lighter socket, it looks like plastic tube with the cable running out of the back. So the wires run from the battery (via an in line fuse) to the cig adaptors, these are hidden in my side luggage bag to keep dry and up to the tomtom. job done
Is the unit connect to a power cable while you're using it? Sounds like the battery just runs down. Check your power cable, is it properly connected to the cigarette lighter adapter? Maybe your cigarette lighter is defective and the unit is not gettting power, therfore running on battery all the time
do you plug it into the cigarette lighter or is it installed (wired) behind the cigarette lighter.
If so and you happen to plug something into the lighter you run the risk of shorting out our friend TomTom (I did it twice)